The 2014-2015 Local Beet Guide to Chicagoland Winter Markets

November 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Eat Local Year-round

Photo: IFMA

Photo: IFMA

You want to continue to eat local. You appreciate the quality of home-grown food. You take pleasure in more than five kinds of potatoes or eight kinds of apples. You seek to lessen your impact on the enviroment. You want to support area artisans and producers. You do not need to hold yourself to strict locavorism, but you want to do what you can, as long as you can. For you, Chicagoland has a range of winter farmer’s markets within the city and around the area. Some of the markets listed below will run all winter, others will run through December. In addition to the Chicago area winter markets, there are winter markets in Milwaukee, South Bend, Madison and other places within a short drive. We will cover these roadtrips in another post. Check back often as we will add additional market information as we learn of it.

Green City Market
Solidly esconsed in its winter home, Green City Market brings nearly all their coeterie of farmers and food crafters to several spaces winthin and around the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Green City Market remains active year-round, with markets scheduled from now until April indoors. Market fixtures like Tomato Mountaina and Nichol’s should have produce all winter. We hear that Nichol’s is looking for a big hoop-house harvest of cold-weather spinach, and Tomato Mountain should be especially long in carrots, including purple ones. Other vendors will have bread, mushrooms, meats, sprouts, etc.  Green City does not meet every week, and not always on Saturdays, so check their calendar for dates. 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago.

Logan Square Farmer’s Market
Our friends at the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce have built quite a competitor to Green City, adding to, not overlapping in, sources for quality eat local fare.  This market meets weekly on Sundays in a building on Milwaukee that used to house a Mexican bakery, a fitting statement for the changing area, no.  Over the course of the season, the selection of produce will ebb and flow.  Excpect much now.  All the time, however, there will be outstanding breads, interesting cannded goods and a lot of fun things to eat organized by Nosh.  2755 N. Milwaukee Av., Chicago.

Glenwood Sunday Market
This committed market will hold eight indoor sessions between November 9, 2014 and May 3, 2015. See here for details. We know our good friend, Jimmy Hardin, will have his Michigan apples there until he runs out. 6962 N. Glenwood Av., Chicago.

61st Farmer’s Market
Calling itself “Chicago’s Southside premier farmer’s market,” and run by the folks at Experimental Station, this will run indoors until December 13. Find meats from Friend of Beet Kim Synder’s Faith’s Farm, Peerless breads and jams, local grains from Hazzard Free and more. 6100 S. Blackstone, Chicago.

Grayslake Farmer’s Market
The Saturday Fall market will have18 vendors with produce, beef, bison, pork, chicken, fresh eggs, baked goods and specialty gourmet products. Located in historic downtown Grayslake on Center Street.

Evanston Farmer’s Market
One of the largest Chicago area markets, it will meet outdoors on November 8 then go on hiatus for a bit, returning, indoors, at the Evanston Ecology Center on Saturdays from December 6, 2014 until April 25, 2015. Wisconsin based Geneva Lakes should have a steady supply of storage crops and indoor produce to meet your eat local needs, amongst other vendors. 2024 N McCormick Blvd, Evanston.

Morton Grove Farmers’ Market
This area market run by friends of The Beet will have two winter Saturday events – December 6, 2014 and February 7, 2015. 6210 Dempster, Morton Grove.

Faith in Place Winter Markets
A driver in developing and creating off-season locations for local food, Faith in Place has organized winter markets around the Chicago area for several years. The markets are held at various churches (anad synagougues) on Saturdays and Sundays from November 9 through March 28. See their calendar for exact locations and times. Various.

Geneva Community Winter Market
We have a special place in our heart for this little market that’s been going cold well before the rest. Produce, meat, honey, and more, all promised from within 200 miles of Geneva, Saturdays from November 1, 2014 through May 2015. 327 Hamilton, Geneva.

Woodstock Farmer’s Market
This is another far-away suburban venture that has existed for many years off the foodie radar. A producer only market, it will meet indoor at the McHenry County Farm Bureau on the first 3 Saturdays in November and the first 4 Saturdays in December. Then, there will be markets on the first Saturdays in January, February, March, and April. 1102 McConnell Rd., Woodstock.

Portage Park Farmer’s Market
Worth coming to peek inside the vintage Portage Theater, this Northwest-side market is scheduled to take place on various Sundays from November 2014 to April 2015. 4050 N. Milwaukee, Chicago.

Pilsen Community Market
We know this market will be indoors, on Sundays, at Honky Tonk BBQ starting November 23, but it is unclear to us how many markets will remain through the winter. 1800 S. Racine, Chicago.